Gaelic handball (known in Ireland simply as handball; Irish: liathróid láimhe) is a sport where players hit a ball with a hand or fist against a wall in such a way as to make a shot the opposition cannot return, and that may be played with two (singles) or four players (doubles).
GAA Handball Ireland is the governing body of Gaelic Handball. It was formed on 1st November 1884 and its headquarters are located in Croke Park, Dublin. The main motive of GAA Handball is to promote and develop the sport. Handball is one of the four Gaelic games arranged by the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Gaelic handball has its origins in Ireland. It is mentioned as early as 1527 in the statutes of Galway, which forbade the population of the city to play by sending the ball banging against the city walls.
Although handball is known as an ancient Irish game, the earliest written records appeared in the Statutes of Galway in 1527 forbidding locals from playing the game against walls in the town. By the 1800’s popularity for handball grew exceptionally, being played almost in every town and village in Ireland.
The first depiction of an Irish form of handball does not appear till 1785.On the west coast of Ireland, Galway had many trading links with Spain, especially the Basque regions, where the similar game of pelota is played. Rules. The rules are simple. All you have to do is hit the ball against the front wall without it touching the ground and your opponent must return the ball after a maximum of one bounce on the ground.
What is Gaelic Handball? Now that you know about Gaelic Football, Hurling and Rounders, Gaelic Handball is the last of the Gaelic games to learn. Handball was first played in Scotland in 1427, and then it was played in Ireland in 1527.
Irish Handball Milestones (1884 – 2021) 1884 Handball is included in the G.A.A. Charter as one of the sports to be promoted by the new Association. 1923 The first Handball Championships are sponsored by the G.A.A. in Softball and Hardball. 1924 The Irish Handball Council is established to promote, ...
History Handball. Like games have originated in several places at different times. Hieroglyphs in the temple of Osiris in Egypt portray priests taking part in a game very similar to handball.